When you look at the Jaguars’ roster needs this offseason, quarterback, defensive line and secondary should be their priority. It’s almost a certainty they will use the first overall pick on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. That would leave their defensive at the top of the list.
At the bottom of the list, you will find the running back position due to the arrival of James Robinson in 2020. The ‘Jags’ felt so comfortable going with him that they released Leonard Fournette last offseason. As good as the Illinois State standout was in his rookie campaign, he missed two games late in the year and the team’s running game saw a dip in production.
If Jacksonville wants to avoid overworking Robinson, they will need someone to spell him and take his place in case he needs to miss time in 2021. James Conner has been a reliable running back during his four-year tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers, racking up 532 carries for 2,302 and 22 carries.
Although Conner has started 33 games in the last three years, he may be better suited for a backup role. He could start a few games in case Robinson couldn’t suit up and the Jaguars’ running back would not lose a step. Spotrac projects he will get a two-year $10.8 million contract in free agency, which isn’t cost-prohibitive.